Fan Zhendong and Ma Long will compete for the ITTF Finals Men’s Singles Championship
In the 2020 ITTF Finals held in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, the men’s singles semi-finals were contested on the 21st. Both Ma Long and Fan Zhendong defeated Xu Xin and South Korea’s Zhang Yuzhen 4:1 and entered the men’s singles on the 22nd. finals.
Fan Zhendong swept Zhang Yuzhen 4:0 in the Weihai Men’s World Cup semi-finals this month. The two met again in the semi-finals this game. Fan Zhendong had a clear advantage in the first two games, winning 11:8 and 11:4 respectively. In the third game, Fan Zhendong was in a state of chasing points. After chasing to 8:8, Zhang Yuzhen won 2 points in a row and got the game point. At the critical moment, Fan Zhendong withstood the pressure and chased it to 10:10. Then both sides came and went. After wasting three game points, Zhang Yuzhen finally won by 15:13. In the fourth game, Fan Zhendong led by 10:5. Despite being chased by Zhang Yuzhen for 3 points, Fan Zhendong still won by 11:8. In the fifth game, Fan Zhendong easily won by 11:5.
“In this game, Zhang Yuzhen was in a better state than in the World Cup. He has some changes in his feelings, skills and tactics. He also changed some when he was leading. I am also trying my best to keep up. . His veneer quality and explosiveness are still very strong, he made very difficult preparations today.” Fan Zhendong said after the game.
Ma Long and Xu Xin are old rivals, and they are very familiar with each other. In the first game, both sides easily entered the stalemate state. After Xu Xin took the lead at 10:7, he was chased by Malone for 4 points and was almost turned over. After 11:11, Xu Xin seized the opportunity to score 2 points and won the first game. In the next four games, the two sides played very stalemate, but Malone handled the key points better. In the end, Malone pulled four games in a row at 11:9, 11:9, 11:8, and 11:7 and won.
“This is a tough game. It’s hard to tell the winner until the end of each game. After losing the first game, I calmed down because I played against such a player It’s normal to lose one or two games. (The reason for winning) is mainly to seize the opportunity at the crucial moment.” Ma Long said, “I lost both games with Fan Zhendong recently. I still hope to win the final tomorrow. Today’s world is the first to challenge.”